Hong Kong democracy protestors sentenced to months in prison

Hong Kong democracy protestors sentenced to months in prison

CNA—Three Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including a Catholic university student, were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for participating in illegal protests. Democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam were sentenced to 13.5 months, 10 months, and 7 months, respectively, in prison. They had each pled guilty last month to taking part in an…

‘We want Mass’: Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

‘We want Mass’: Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

CNA—“On veut la Messe!” (“We want Mass!) signs read as Catholics in France gathered outside churches in multiple cities this weekend calling on the government to allow them to attend Mass during the national lockdown. Protests took place across France, including in Nantes, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Rennes, and Versailles, Nov. 14 and 15. A Sunday protest…

Archbishop Coleridge speaks out after Horrific Islamic Terrorist Attacks in Catholic Church in France

Archbishop Coleridge speaks out after Horrific Islamic Terrorist Attacks in Catholic Church in France

The Catholic Leader—BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has joined church leaders from around the world condemning the killing of three people in southern France – hacked to death in Nice’s Notre Dame Basilica while preparing for morning Mass. “Violence in the name of God is the ultimate contradiction and is utterly abhorrent, whatever historic injustices are…

France on High Terror Alert after Three Slain in Catholic Church

WSJ—NICE, France—A knife-wielding man killed three people—nearly decapitating one of them—in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, police said, in an assault being treated as an act of terrorism. Surveillance footage showed the attacker entered the towering basilica before 9 a.m. and spent some 25 minutes inside before a 44-year-old woman fled the building with…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Son became Baptized Catholic, and He’s not alone

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Son became Baptized Catholic, and He’s not alone

London—CNA—The son of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was baptized a Catholic earlier this month, the Diocese of Westminster said Tuesday. In a statement Sept. 22, the diocese said: “We can confirm that Wilfred Johnson was baptized in Westminster Cathedral on Sept. 12, 2020, in a private ceremony, attended by both parents and a small…

Lebanese priest: ‘We need your prayers’ after Beirut explosions

Lebanese priest: ‘We need your prayers’ after Beirut explosions

A Lebanese Catholic priest has asked believers around the world to pray for the people of his country, after two explosions in Beirut injured hundreds of people and are reported to have left at least 10 people dead. “We ask your nation to carry Lebanon in its hearts at this difficult stage and we place…

After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel

After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel

CNA—At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city’s port area, caused damage across the city, and has reportedly flooded hospitals with casualties. Some local news sources are reporting that at least 10 people are dead, and videos have emerged online showing…

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

CNA—Retired politician and Nobel laureate John Hume, a major leader in the effort to secure peace in Northern Ireland, died Monday at the age of 83. Many leaders in the region praised his success in responding to one of Europe’s longstanding conflicts. “I was leader of a great team of people, all of whom have…

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

CNA—The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities, the magazine Bitter Winter reported on Thursday. The rewards appear to be an expansion of a program already in place in the province of Heilongjiang, reported earlier this year. In the city of Nenjiang, residents…

Italy’s bishops criticize state for keeping public Mass ban

Italy’s bishops criticize state for keeping public Mass ban

CNA—Italy’s bishops have criticized Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for failing to lift the ban on public Masses. The Italian bishops’ conference Sunday released a statement denouncing Conte’s decree on “phase 2” of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, which it says “arbitrarily excludes the possibility of celebrating Mass with the people.” During a press conference April 26…

Paris’ Cathedral of Notre to broadcast crown of thorns veneration on Good Friday

Paris’ Cathedral of Notre to broadcast crown of thorns veneration on Good Friday

CNA—Paris—One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display the relic of Christ’s crown of thorns for veneration during a Good Friday broadcast. “When Mary is at the foot of the cross, she knows that from the most absolute evil God can always draw a…

‘Prayer has been the great source of strength to me’: Cardinal Pell acquitted, looks forward to Easter

‘Prayer has been the great source of strength to me’: Cardinal Pell acquitted, looks forward to Easter

CNA—After more than 14 months in prison, Cardinal George Pell said he was always hopeful about the High Court decision which acquitted him of all charges and released him from incarceration on April 7. Shortly after his release from prison, the cardinal told CNA that, while he had kept faith he would be eventually exonerated,…

In Italy: Mayors take to social media and even drones to stop spread of coronavirus – See short video

In Italy: Mayors take to social media and even drones to stop spread of coronavirus – See short video

In Italy, one of the worst hotspots for coronavirus, mayors take to social media and, most recently, to drones, the latter of which was just approved by the Italian government. Italian Mayors Mince No Words in emotional pleas on YouTube (English translation included):                       Italian…

Ireland to be consecrated to Immaculate Heart for ‘strength and protection’ from COVID-19

Ireland to be consecrated to Immaculate Heart for ‘strength and protection’ from COVID-19

  On March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord, at Noon, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of all Ireland, will join with bishops and priests from throughout the island nation in consecrating the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for strength and protection from the Coronavirus,…

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass, enter Quarantine as coronavirus outbreak grows

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass, enter Quarantine as coronavirus outbreak grows

CNA—Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. The northern regions of Italy saw a dramatic uptick in coronavirus cases, prompting some regions to suspend all events or gatherings in public or private. In response to…

‘The Vatican lost everything, got nothing’: An interview with Cardinal Zen

‘The Vatican lost everything, got nothing’: An interview with Cardinal Zen

CNA—On Feb. 11, Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong met with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. After that meeting, the cardinal gave an exclusive interview to CNA in which he discussed the Church in China, the Holy See’s agreement with the Communist regime, and his relationship with Pope Francis and…

Chinese Woman Says Banned Chinese Translation of News article Saved Her from Coronavirus

Chinese Woman Says Banned Chinese Translation of News article Saved Her from Coronavirus

A native of Beijing, Tina Zhang, called the New York offices of The Epoch Times on February 9 of this year to thank the media company for informing her about the severity of the new coronavirus in China. She had viewed the story on a banned Chinese-language You Tube channel a few days after arriving…

Chinese churches forced to replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes

Chinese churches forced to replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping quotes

Beijing, China, Sep 23, 2019—(CNA)—Christian churches in China have been ordered to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes from Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to reports.  According to Bitter Winter, a magazine covering religious liberty and human rights in China,  churches belonging to the country’s state-run “Three-Self Patriotic Movement”…

Tokyo archbishop: It is ‘difficult to find success’ on evangelization in Japan, but there are pockets of great hope

Tokyo archbishop: It is ‘difficult to find success’ on evangelization in Japan, but there are pockets of great hope

CNA—Efforts by the Catholic Church to evangelize the Japanese population have frequently collided with roadblocks, according to Archbishop of Tokyo Isao Kikuchi, but the Church is still finding some ways to proclaim the Gospel. The archbishop answered question from Catholic News Agency on Japan, evangelization, and why breaking through into mainstream Japanese society is so…

Sad Day in Ireland: Abortion legalized in N Ireland, after deadlock in devolved legislature

Sad Day in Ireland: Abortion legalized in N Ireland, after deadlock in devolved legislature

CNA—Oct 21, 2019—Northern Ireland’s devolved legislature failed Monday to block a change to the region’s law imposed by the British parliament. As a result, both abortion and same-sex marriage will now be legal in the region. Same-sex marriages are expected to begin taking place in Northern Ireland by February 2020, while the new abortion law…